A Man After Godís Own Heart
Saul was the first King.††† -----Why was He appointed King?
1 Samuel 8:6-7
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." So Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you,
but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.(NKJV)
Their desire for a King was really a rejection of God.
The problem of flawed leadership begins with Saul and plagues the Jewish people throughout history.
Saul disobeyed the command from God to wipe out the nation of Amalek.
(To obey is better than sacrifice)))
Because he did not obey God rejected him as King.
1 Samuel 13:14
But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."
God sends Samuel to the house of Jesse to show him who He had selected to be King.
Jesse had seven sons pass before Samuel---(none were selected by the Lord)
1 Samuel 16:12-13
So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise,
anoint him; for this is the one!" Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers;
and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.(NKJV)
He was anointed to be King before Saul was out of the picture,
From Godís point of view, David was a man after His own heart.
David was the only person referred to as man after Godís own heart.
If that pleased God so much,† What does that really mean
David was a shepherd, a mighty warrior, musician, a psalmist
David had faith in God and trusted Him, but like us there were times where he lacked faith.
Maybe it was because David lived a holy life unto the Lord
David not only sinned with Bathsheba, but also tried to cover it up.
He shows the deepest struggle of every person††† (to live by the Word of God)
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.
For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
How was Davidís heart different that God would choose Him?
†††† The center and seat of spiritual life; the soul or mind,
†††† as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions,
†††† desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors; of the
†††† understanding, the faculty and seat of the intelligence; of
†††† the will and character of the soul,† stirred in a bad way or good, or of the soul†††††††† as the seat† of the sensibilities, affections, emotions, desires,
†††† appetites, passions.
David had regard for the Lord.
To look at attentively, respect, to hold in affection and esteem
To pay heed or attention
And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.'(NKJV)
This verse gives us an answer of what God was looking for.
A man after My own heart, who will do all My will
With a proper regard for God we will want to do all of His will.
In times of tending sheep David would play songs on his harp and sing to the Lord.
Itís remarkable that David in his imperfection, God would say he is a man after my own heart.
Sometimes itís our mindset in our own imperfection.
Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from
my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge
my transgressions, And my sin is always before
A repentant heart before God
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a
steadfast spirit within
Most of the other Kings or
44 times in the Old testament we see the phrase† ďEvil in the sight of the LordĒ
Most times when the evil was committed they stayed in that condition.
How about Davidís son Solomon----God gave him wisdom
1 Kings 11:4
For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.(NKJV)
Does God notice loyalty---------Does God know when we have regard for Him?
1 Kings 14:8
My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only what was right in
God isnít so concerned with your marred performance as He is when you wonít return with a repentant heart.
This puts us on the path to continue to do all His will.
2 Samuel 6:13-15
And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.
Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the
When they went six paces they stopped and presented a sacrifice.
Notice that David is wearing a linen ephod---A ministry without sweat
Then David danced before the LORD with all his might;
Michal, Davidís wife looked through a window and despised him in her heart.
2 Samuel 6:22-23
And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of
whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor." Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the
day of her death.(NKJV)
And I will be even more undignified than this†† A heart that is after the heart of God preserves no dignity for itself
Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
David loved the word of God.
David loved to praise God.
David loved to worship God.†††††††† --------Because he loved God
We canít love these things without loving God first.
A worship relationship with God provides the motivation to perform all His will.
O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty
land Where there is no water.(NKJV)
Separation from what God hates creates a soul thirst for God.
David writes something tremendous in Psalm 63:8
My whole being follows hard after You and clings
closely to You; Your right hand upholds
David was a man of valor willing to go into battle---realizing that the battle was the Lordís.
When David was discouraged he encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord.
The tabernacle of David was a tent different from any other tabernacle.
The only sacrifice offered was the sacrifice of praise.
The Ark of the covenant was in plain view.
Davidís tabernacle was a window looking to New Testament worship
Lasting 40 years
A Davidic heart is a one of firm resolve, doing everything that God directs us to do.
If we are imperfect, we return with a repentant heart.
We more we seek God, the more revelation we receive about Him.
The more we experience Him, the more determination we have to perform all of His will.
That means moving from where we are.
Remember the parable about the men with the talents.
His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you
ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'(NKJV)
David was a good and faithful servant.
Seeking first the